Sir Barton

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Guy Bedwell
Johnny Loftus
Madden & Gooch
United States
Foal Date
April 26, 1916
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The Triple Crown is a series of three thoroughbred horse races for three-year-old horses, which take place in May and early June of each year.  The Triple Crown of horse racing is considered one of the most difficult accomplishments in horse racing, and possibly all of sports championships.  The grueling schedule requires a three year old horse to win the Kentucky Derby, then two weeks later win the Preakness Stakes, and then three weeks later win the Belmont Stakes.  In all of racing history, only thirteen horses have achieved the Triple Crown

Sir Barton Profile

By Kellie Reilly

Sir Barton was the first to compile a winning streak comprising the Kentucky Derby, Preakness, and Belmont, but at the time of his accomplishment in 1919, the “Triple Crown” was not yet a definitive series. Only later was Sir Barton retroactively recognized as American Thoroughbred racing’s first Triple Crown winner.

Bred by the “Wizard of the Turf,” John Madden of Hamburg Place, who let his British trainer friend Vivian Gooch in as co-breeder, Sir Barton sported fine bloodlines as a son of leading sire *Star Shoot. Not so fine were his tender feet and notorious ill-temper.

In the midst of a winless juvenile campaign, Sir Barton was sold privately for $10,000 to Canadian J.K.L. Ross and transferred to trainer H.G. Bedwell. The colt flashed promise when runner-up in the Futurity, but he was sidelined after a near-fatal bout of blood poisoning.

Still a maiden when returning in the Kentucky Derby, Sir Barton was entered in the Churchill Downs classic primarily to serve as a pacesetter for his well-fancied stablemate Billy Kelly. Sir Barton proved too fast for Billy Kelly, however, and kept on motoring to a five-length upset. Next in rapid succession came daylight scores in the Preakness and Withers, and Sir Barton made it four straight in the Belmont.

Although Sir Barton’s 1920 season is remembered for his drubbing by Man o’ War in their match race, he was an outstanding 4-year-old who gave the great Exterminator weight, and a beating, in his track-record Saratoga H. victory.

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Stakes Win History

1st Merchants & Citizens Handicap


1 3/8 Miles Dirt Aug 28,1920
1st Dominion Handicap

Fort Erie

1 1/4 Miles Dirt Aug 11, 1920
1st Saratoga Handicap


1 1/4 Miles Dirt Aug 2, 1920
1st Rennert Handicap


1 Mile Dirt May 4, 1920
1st Fall Series No. 3


1 1/8 Miles Dirt Nov 11, 1919
1st Fall Series No. 2


1 Mile Dirt Nov 7, 1919
1st Maryland Handicap


1 1/4 Miles Dirt Oct 4, 1919
1st Potomac Handicap

Havre de Grace

1 1/16 Miles Dirt Sep 13, 1919
1st Belmont Stakes


1 3/8 Miles Dirt Jun 11, 1919
1st Withers


1 Mile Dirt May 24, 1919
1st Preakness


1 1/8 Miles Dirt May 14, 1919
1st Kentucky Derby

Churchill Downs

1 1/4 Miles Dirt May 10, 1919

*Morning line odds are an independent handicapper’s estimate and do not necessarily reflect the actual chance each horse will win

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